Match Report 26.09.2021

Match Report 26.09.2021: Wyggs-Lions 45 (7*) – 35 (5*) Leicester Forest East Rugby Club

(*denotes number of tries scored)

Wyggs-Lions ran out convincing winners against Leicester Forest in the first U14 home game of the season to be hosted at Lions’ ground. Late summer dry conditions meant the ground continued to be unyielding for the players but agreeable for the numerous spectators supporting both sides that contributed to a lively atmosphere.

Wyggs-Lions kicked-off the first quarter and after some mis-handling by Forest were soon back in possession, looking energetic with probing runs testing the cold Forest defence. Player-of-the-match Healey Heritage soon scored his first of the morning from a hard-won scrum, Sam Hall on kicking duty missed the conversion as he looked to get his eye in for the opportunities later on. After a period characterised by scrums and crisp passing from both sides, Forest took the lead with a converted score, their full-back capitalising on space on the wing and showing the Wyggs-Lions defence a clean pair of heals with a blistering run in virtually unchallenged. One try soon become two as Forest scored again from a fumbled kick-off, collected and determinedly run-in through some poor Wyggs-Lions tackling. Another try from Healey, this time successfully converted by Sam after a forceful run from Ziggy, and another from Forest, who continued their 100% conversion record, gave Forest the first quarter 12-21.

The next quarter was a tight affair, determination from both sides leading to multiple knock-ons and scrums. Amman Dhillon’s physicality in the contact continued to impress, and Healey Heritage was unlucky not to add to his tally with an unfortunate try-line fumble, the only score of the period coming from Jonny Sobek benefiting from sustained territory and multiple phases of accurate passing. At the end of the second quarter, there was little between the teams at 17-21.

Switching ends, Wyggs-Lions turned on the class in the 3rd quarter: 3 unanswered tries, all converted by Sam Hall, fairly represented the domination they enjoyed. Healey sealed his hat-trick, William scored in the far corner, and a backdoor pass from Sam Hall set up Jonny Sobek with a steely run from the half-way line. Wyggs-Lions were good for their 38-21 points advantage.

Fatigue began to show in the final quarter, an opportunistic rip from Amman allowed Forest to open the scoring again. Wyggs-Lions however showed great determination to not leak any further points, Tristan and Amman demonstrating great physicality in a solid defensive line across the board, as Forest went hunting for a late victory. Finn charged over the line to take the number of Wyggs-Lions tries to seven before a try at the death by Forest, unlucky not to have been stopped by Tristan, meant the score at the final whistle was a deserved 45-35.

In only their third game of the season together, and this their first victory, this harmonious barbarian side is now demonstrating the consistency of performance and communication across the forwards and backs that the coaches have been working on midweek. Pride and intensity, through strong rucking and tackling, provides this team with an in-game platform to score, as well as a confidence they can carry into their next fixture.

Andy Sobek
U14 Team Manager